Millions of people have welcomed the arrival of Chinese New Year, known as the most important holiday in Asia. Fireworks lit up the sky in the most important cities in China to bring good luck and ward off evil spirits.
Snake year in China began at midnight with fireworks. Beijing residents braved the cold outside to watch the show of colors and lights. And that’s because Chinese tradition says that firecrackers drive out evil and attract wealth. For reasons of safety and pollution, the authorities imposed restrictions on the sale of fireworks.
The event marked the largest annual migration on earth. During this period, over 200 million Chinese traveling to be with loved ones during the holidays.
Within two weeks, how long celebrations dedicated to the new year, people wear new clothes, visit their relatives and friends or get invited. Celebration ends with Lantern Festival.
Chinese calendar is divided into cycles of 60 years. Snake Year begins on February 10, 2013 and ends on January 30, 2014.